Autumn is the official season of comfort food. Raining outside? Let’s eat. Kids are bored? Bake a cake. Feeling chilly? Massive pot of stew. It’s all about what you can cook up with what’s in front of you. Grape Tree is the crowning companion to have when it comes to autumn cooking, with delicious ‘Feel Good Food’. I’ve done some of the work for you by finding some delicious recipes to turn those mere bags of nuts, jars of spices and pots of seeds into masterpieces the whole family can indulge in.
Autumn means Halloween. Halloween means Pumpkins. Pumpkins mean Pumpkin seeds. And pumpkin seeds mean delicious Double Pumpkin Cornbread with Red Onion. This is a much less scary and much more tasty way to celebrate Halloween this year and perfect as a tear and share.
Grape Tree love pumpkin seeds. ‘Pumpkin Seeds are an important source of zinc, vital in warding off osteoporosis. They contain L-tryptophan, which is linked to lowering and combating depression as well as containing phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper.’
Lentils could be considered one of the loneliest and most neglected ingredients in the kitchen cupboard. So why not turn them into something every one loves - meatballs! Well… lentilballs! Serve with courgetti instead of spaghetti and this fun dish will keep the kids too occupied to figure out that what’s on their plate is healthy!
Grape Tree - ‘Red lentils, green lentils and black lentils are a great source of vegetarian protein and rich in dietary fibre.’
There is truly nothing more heartwarming than curling up under your blanket with a bowl of stew and a piece of bread. Those huge pieces of carrot, potato and beef are really what make a stew. Plus, this dish is a great way to feed many mouths.
While some of us are able to eat ice cream at any time of year, no matter the weather; the majority seek more warm and comforting ways to satisfy those sweet cravings during colder weather.
If you could put autumn in a bowl it would be this. Apples are the ultimate autumn fruit, and let’s not forget that Chia seeds have become a God to the health craze world, as an enormously beneficial super food.
Grape Tree - ‘Chia seeds are one of the most powerful, functional, and nutritious super foods in the world. Whole Chia Seeds are excellent source of fibre, packed with antioxidants, full of protein, loaded with vitamins and minerals, and the richest known plant source of omega-3 fatty acids.’
Another super food that has to be mentioned are Goji berries. Make them into tea, juice or wine, bake them into cakes, bread or biscuits or even eat them on their own. Or if you’re feeling a little bit more naughty… make these delicious Vanilla and Goji berry balls; the perfect snack for little hands.
Lastly, I have given you the ultimate comfort food and the ultimate super food. What about an ultimate super drink?
Matcha Green Tea is made by grinding down green tea leaves. This matcha powder can be used in baking, or to make a very awe-inspiring looking smoothie, like this Vanilla Matcha and Cashew milk, or even a latte.
Grape Tree - ‘Matcha is rich in antioxidants, extremely calming and energising, metabolism boosting and gives you happy healthy skin.’
These are just a few of the delightfully appetising things that can be made with just SOME of the ingredients, snacks and accompaniments that Grape Tree sell. Visit in store or online to continue your health-food adventure www.grapetree.co.uk